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The other day I posted about great deals to fly to London, by if you don’t have time for that trip, take one to the London Hotel in West Hollywood. You can eat at the on site Gordon Ramsey restaurant and judge for yourself if his food is worthy of his attitude, or you can try the Zen fitness program held on the rooftop with Juliet Kaska, who believes fitness should be fun. Either way, stay at least two nights because you get a 50% discount for either 2 nights or two rooms.

Up the street at the Andaz (formerly the Riot Hyatt), you can get a free breakfast with your room or get a second room for 50% off, so bring the kids and give them their own space while you enjoy a spa treatment in yours. If you need anything, the concierge will customize an itinerary for you, so leave your brochures at home and trust the experts here.

If you want to stay in the heart of Hollywood and are a member of Marriott, you get 20% off for your stay at the Renaissance at Hollywood & Highland. Ok, it’s not as good of a discount as the at the other hotels mentioned above, but you can literally walk down to the shopping and entertainment complex adjacent to the hotel, and as they say it’s all about location, location, location. They have package deals for the Hollywood Bowl and Universal Studios, so you could save more by combining your stay with something to do in town.

Hooray for Hollywood discounts!

The summer is almost over and one of my friends has moved near Lake Tahoe, so I have started looking for things to do on my upcoming visit there.

One sport that looks really fun and different is paddling the Lake on what looks like a surfboard (so you stand and paddle), or paddling around in a kayak; either way it is great exercise and very beautiful.

If you want to stay in a wood cabin along the Lake, head over to the Cottage Inn with rates starting at $158 including breakfast. If country cabins are not your style, then the big Harrah’s casino has beautiful rooms and suites all starting at about $90 if you sign up for their special newsletter (the rate is double that if you don’t sign up).

Red Hut is a great place to stop for a huge breakfast with a view of the Lake. Vegans and vegetarians (as well as anyone who likes good fresh food) will like Sprouts (they serve meat too). Evan’s American Cafe has consistently gotten the best reviews for both food and service for their French inspired menus and romantic dinner ambiance.

Looks like I’ll be busy on my trip north; I’ll write with more details after I come back!

>Gyrotonics and Gyrokinesis are exercise and movement systems that were developed by an injured dancer to rehabilitate himself from injuries he sustained while dancing, but you don’t have to be a dancer or injured to benefit from the training. Gyrokinesis is done without machines, and Gyrotonics is with machines, so a personal trainer is required for safety and to ensure that you are performing the movements correctly. The movements are more elliptical than linear and they make you move your body in ways that stretch out muscles not usually affected by regular gym work-outs. If you like Pilates, you will enjoy and be challenged by Gyrotonics.

I had a personal session with Tavi Stutz (who has worked with Cirque du Soleil performers) at In-Spiraling Movement Arts . A good instructor will make the difference between being frustrated, and excelling, so make sure you have a trainer you like when you start. I had tried sessions with another trainer, but Tavi made my sessions fun. He explained the intentions behind the movements, understood how to correct my uncoordinated faux pas, and encouraged me to try it again (and again). The movements are easy to do, but challenging to do correctly (like shooting a basketball toward the basket is easy, but getting the ball into the basket, not so easy). I felt looser and more relaxed after my session, like after a good yoga class.

If you have any chronic pain or are challenged by any injuries, try this type of movement. It’s not a sweaty fast paced exercise, so if you are looking for something like a spinning class, go somewhere else. However, if you love to dance, or simply like making fluid movements with your body, you owe it to yourself to try Gyrotonics. In some countries like Switzerland, Gyrotonics is actually covered by their health insurance! Maybe everyone will do gyrotonics here one day because their insurance requires it, or simply because it feels better to move through life with ease and fun!

Gyrotonics and Gyrokinesis are exercise and movement systems that were developed by an injured dancer to rehabilitate himself from injuries he sustained while dancing, but you don’t have to be a dancer or injured to benefit from the training. Gyrokinesis is done without machines, and Gyrotonics is with machines, so a personal trainer is required for safety and to ensure that you are performing the movements correctly. The movements are more elliptical than linear and they make you move your body in ways that stretch out muscles not usually affected by regular gym work-outs. If you like Pilates, you will enjoy and be challenged by Gyrotonics.

I had a personal session with Tavi Stutz (who has worked with Cirque du Soleil performers) at In-Spiraling Movement Arts . A good instructor will make the difference between being frustrated, and excelling, so make sure you have a trainer you like when you start. I had tried sessions with another trainer, but Tavi made my sessions fun. He explained the intentions behind the movements, understood how to correct my uncoordinated faux pas, and encouraged me to try it again (and again). The movements are easy to do, but challenging to do correctly (like shooting a basketball toward the basket is easy, but getting the ball into the basket, not so easy). I felt looser and more relaxed after my session, like after a good yoga class.

If you have any chronic pain or are challenged by any injuries, try this type of movement. It’s not a sweaty fast paced exercise, so if you are looking for something like a spinning class, go somewhere else. However, if you love to dance, or simply like making fluid movements with your body, you owe it to yourself to try Gyrotonics. In some countries like Switzerland, Gyrotonics is actually covered by their health insurance! Maybe everyone will do gyrotonics here one day because their insurance requires it, or simply because it feels better to move through life with ease and fun!

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